A Message from Bishop Martyn Minns
Dear Truro Family:
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”
This promise from 1 Corinthians 2:9 has been one that Angela and I have claimed for our family. Over the years we have experienced its truth. We have come to know that the Lord that we love and serve will never fail us and will always surprise us. This summer has been no exception!
We began with the General Convention in Columbus, Ohio. The stakes were high. The question of whether or not The Episcopal Church (TEC, formerly known as ECUSA) would walk apart from the rest of the Anglican Communion was on the table. It was the moment of decision. Sadly, however, Angela and I observed first hand TEC embrace a vision and choose a course that we cannot follow. This has been agonizing for Angela and me. The Episcopal Church has been our home and our life work for almost forty years. We have prayed and worked for its renewal and yet the gap between TEC and the rest of the Anglican Communion has only widened. We have watched with sadness as a growing number of our friends have left TEC to find a new spiritual home. We have seen our missions struggle to survive because of the stigma attached to the name Episcopalian. It has been a devastating time for all of us.
A few days after General Convention I received a phone call from Archbishop Peter J. Akinola, Primate of the Church of Nigeria, informing me that I had been elected a bishop for CANA (Convocation for Anglicans in North America)—a missionary initiative of the Church of Nigeria. Many of you know that Archbishop Akinola has been a longtime friend of Truro Church—reaching back to his seminary days in 1979/1981. In recent years this relationship has greatly deepened as he has taken on leadership for the Global South provinces within the Anglican Communion and we have worked alongside him. Truro has mission partnerships within many of these provinces and we know firsthand the cost of our current crisis for them.
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